Islam students at LUC

Archive for July 2010

I don’t know if we already have plans to discuss this further but I’m very interested in learning more about Islamic law, or Sharia. It first grabbed my attention when the video we watched in class talked about the banking system and banks making their money without cheating others (a completely foreign concept in our society today). I think it would be an interesting discussion to relate Sharia to western culture’s understanding of Islam and the principles it teaches.

I’m also taking another course this summer about South Asian Literature and it deals a lot with the partition of India and separation of Muslims (into Pakistan) from Hindus and Sikhs (in India). I don’t know if we’d have the time for it or if it’s even relevant enough but I think it might be interesting to touch on the idea of a country designated for Islam and what this meant for Islam as a whole (using Islamic law to run a state and how this can carry in relation with the rest of the world – for example, we just watched a video on competition between India and Pakistan in developing nuclear missiles in the 1970s, and Pakistan, for an entirely Muslim nation, seemed very non-peaceful in its earnestness to compete in making extremely deadly weapons). Just some thoughts but I understand if we don’t have time to discuss in class.

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I’m finding the study of the Quran to be incredibly fascinating. The only religious text I’m really familiar with is the Bible which I’ve come to be more critical of as I’ve learned more about religion and other belief systems. When comparing and contrasting the two, I can appreciate the lessons and inspiration each one provides. However, my criticism of the Bible, or rather taking the Bible literally, is first in its failure to carry across years of translation. The words in the Bible we read today are probably not as close as they were originally written down thousands of years ago. This is why I can appreciate the method of the Quran a little more, with it originally being passed down through recitation. Without getting too much into the debate on whether recitation or written record is more reliable, I think the messages the words carry are well-maintained after all these years and hold a little more weight when following them as direction for religious practice versus other religious texts which have been too much handled and manipulated by human interference. With the words of the Quran supposedly coming directly from God and not man, I can see where they would be easier to put more faith in.

I think the most important lesson to take from our discussion that day is something Prof. Mozaffar explained to us in his short lecture and that is that “you can’t prove or disprove God’s existence rationally.”  There are no true proofs when it comes to something so abstract. And I think the reason for so many more people questioning God’s existence is that our society today – especially college students or those with higher education – is that we have become people of rationality. Personally, I’m finding it refreshing that questioning that which we are told is becoming more common. Faith and religion are not things which can be fully explained; rather they just need to be felt. I think it’s a very personal thing, having a relationship with a higher power, and to say that something that is intimate to one person should also be felt so closely and understood so well by someone else isn’t very fair. No one will get very far using this tactic. So what I took away from our discussion and lecture that day is that, as much as you study a religion or belief system (just like we are doing with Islam), it can never be fully understood until it is felt in the heart, until you submit yourself to it. (And that it’s okay to not fully understand these things.)

One quick note about this whole Quran burning going on this September 11th: as I see the event getting more attention from the media, I am more convinced that it’s taking classes like this one that help bridge the gap between “Christianity” and “Islam” (using quotes here because the Islam being attacked here is not true Islam and the Christianity being advertised here is not true Christianity).  There’s so much fear of that which we do not know that, instead of trying to educate oneself on it, we take whatever we are fed and run with it.

That said, I’m very interested to get to discuss the topic of jihad in class because, from what I understand, that’s where a lot of the misunderstanding of violence within Islam occurs? Please someone correct me if I’m wrong. I would just like for us to delve in a little deeper as to where this idea of Islam being of the devil is coming from and why.

Posted on: July 31, 2010

I just wanted to add my voice to what was being discussed regarding the Mollas. Being able to stone a human being, takes a very sick person, whom has no regard for a living being, which based on what I have learned so far about Islam, it seems like the opposite. Any punishment for wrong doings should be applied to both male and female, they should not be punished based on their gender. In the final days, God will not look at your gender, but rather your life style and that will determine what will become of you in the afterlife. As far as the inheritance, it doesn’t seem right for her to get less because of her gender, but at the same time the husband should take care of his wife. The wife should be able to depend fully on her husband, and not rely on her parents to contribute. As the other blogger stated, it seems that society has a stronger input on the role that gender plays.

As far as No God but Allah, I think what it comes down to Is what someone has been taught as they were growing up. Using the name Allah in place of God in the U.S., is something that I believe Muslims are just used to do doing in prayer and religious conversation, so when it comes to more casual conversation it just seems right to use Allah in place of God. Being used to certain things is the household, will effect how you act in other places. When I was growing up the name of God was not even to be said in our house, other than in the correct context. We could use God in prayer or talk of the bible, but using it in form such as Oh my God, we would get in trouble. Even in one of the first two articles we read, the author says that Muslims in the U.S. should be able to use God in place of Allah.

Lipstick 22 I totally agree with your point of view when it comes to Mollas.  Even though they try to show that they are all religious, know a lot about Islam, and all the rules they make are based on Islam when they are totally wrong. Mollas are the most uneducated people I have ever seen.  Stoning women to death law is made by Mollas and they say we are punishing them for wrong doing.  I don’t know who they are to decide to punish women like this? What about when a male does something wrong, why Mollas don’t apply the same rules and law for them?  I think slap is ok is just to bring woman to right path.  As far concerned about inheritance women gets less because she is the responsibility of her husband and should not be living off her parent’s wealth.  Also, Quran also says if women works the money is for her to keep not to support the family because is the men job to fulfill the family needs.  From religion perspective men and women are restrict to same level restriction and will be punish the same way one the Day of Judgment for wrong doing. So religion defines the rights for men and women; is just the society that consider men with the high power.